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In Ethiopia, Despite Ongoing Drought Number of Aid Seekers Dropped Last Year
January 10, 2017
The number of people affected by the drought and who seek humanitarian aid has dropped to 5.6 million from the previous 10.2 million last year, showing a 44 percent decline, the National Disaster Risk Management Commission disclosed.
The Commissioner, Mitiku Kassa said a recent drought assessment conducted on 54 zones in nine regional states, indicate the reduction in the number of affected people.
The marked reduction in the number of affected people is attributed to the proper and timely rains that many areas of the country get during the main rainy season.
The proper and timely rains have enabled most crop growing areas, which was affected by the drought previously, to ensure their food security.
Although crop growing areas have ensured food security, the drought persists in some pastoralist areas. Fourteen pastoralist zones in Ethiopian Somali, Oromia and SNNP, affected by the drought, are seeking special attention of humanitarian aid, he said.